Keeping your pool clean is the basic ingredient required in having a hygenic pool whether you have an in-ground or an above-ground pool. A special pool vacuum makes cleaning the pool, easier and way more faster.
In fact it makes the entire cleaning process extremely fast. Although it may be a lot more difficult to use for above-ground pools. The thing is, it is completely possible for you to keep your pool clean without using a pool vacuum.
Although if you are going to engage yourself in this cleaning process, you will be needing a lot of patience and too notch creativity to get your pool all cleaned out.
How Do I Get Sand Out Of My Pool Without Vacuum
It doesn’t matter the kind of pool you use. There is one thing that stands. Every type of pool can be cleaned thoroughly by using the same process. However, you must use the right cleaning tools like you must be careful to use the right set of brushes for the pool’s surface.
For example, of you have a vinyl pool type, you cannot possibly use a very stiff and coarse brush for this kind of pool because a vinyl liner needs a soft brush not a hard one. Most owners of vinyl pool liners, especially those whose pools are above-ground, often make use of a brush with softer rubber or even nylon bristles. Something soft but firm as well.
Now the method for cleaning your pool either above-ground or in-ground may vary because this automatically depends on the kind of dirt in your pool. If the dirt consists of large debris, algae, or Sandy particles and other materials.
Asides from using a pool vacuum, how else can you clean your pool?
1. A Pump and Filter
When you use a pump and a filter, they team up well to remove any kind of Sandy debris from the bottom of your pool. The pump helps to ensure that the water circulates properly within and through the filter. Now this filter simply helps to remove the fine particles.
Typically, the filters are filled with Sandy debris other times they can be filled with diatomaceous earth or even zeolite. This filter also helps to remove not only fine particles but also chlorine odours. A pool pump runs up to about eight hours per day. This means that the pump and the filter combination, will be quite effective in working long hours and in taking care of suspended and floating particles.
2. Another method is called, the ‘brush away’ method
You should know that sand particles are also likely to get stuck and cling to the walls of the pool. Now how do you even get rid of the sand on the walls since you cannot make use of a pool vacuum? With the aid of a soft brush, the sand can be gotten rid of.
Now this can be done during the swimming sessions especially when the pump is turned off, et a stiff brush, depending on the type of pool you are using, then even while the water is in the pool, brush the walls and the bottom walls every week to remove the stuck sand clinging to the tiles. Now clean until you can find no particle of sand.
3. Embed A Filter System
Another method of removing sands from your pool without using a pool vacuum is when your pool already has a filter system embedded in it. Now this filter does its work by removing debris from the water. The filter in a way, also stores this debris after collection.
However, this filter can become clogged overtime. Thereby hindering its ability to remove fresh Sandy particles from the pool. If you have this filter system in your pool, simply look for the leaf basket close to the weir, that is the skimmer flap that prevents the debris from re-entering the pool. Then grab it and empty it.
Ensure that you rinse it out completely. Once you have rinsed it out, replace it and turn the setting of the filter to ‘backwash‘ then turn the pump on immediately. This method will help to flush out the debris completely out of the filter and into the waste pipe.
After some few minutes, set the filter to ‘rinse’ and wait again for another few minutes with the pump still running. Finally, after you are done, you can now set the filter to, ‘closed’ then clean out the leaf trap near the pump and replace the leaf trap after cleaning. Then adjust the filter back to its original ‘filter’ setting.
How To Get Dirt Out Of Pool Without Vacuum?
Here’s another way to fix your sand filter. When something cracks or breaks inside your filter, you will definitely know because you will begin to see sand in your pool. Just right inside your sand filter is a standpipe that runs down all to the centre of the sand.
The standpipe is a rigid and strong plastic. Although it seemed impossible for it to crack. Right at the top, the pipe is connected to the multi-port valve. And at the bottom, it is connected to laterals.
Laterals are inside a sand filter tank. Water pours right into the sand from the top. Then it makes its way through the sand where small debris are filtered from the water. Now once it reaches the bottom of the filter, the now-clean water is now push back into the pool. At the bottom of the filter, is where the laterals are you d. They act as sieve through which, each of the laterals is large enough to allow water pass through the filter but not the sand.
However, if for some reason, one or more of the laterals crack, sand and other debris will easily pass through and find its way into the pool. So now you are faced with two major problems. You need to fix your filter, and you also need to get sand out of your pool. What do you do?
How to fix a broken standpipe or laterals?
You may never get to know how your filter developed fault. Maybe it was moved, then it shifted to standpipe, which due to the heavy weight of sand and other debris, cracked the laterals. Or it could be that your filter got too old and then the parts have worn out.
But no matter how it happened, you must fix it in order to prevent the sandbar from forming in your pool. Although it’s more common for laterals to crack than the standpipe, but it’s a pretty great idea that you replace the filter sand. So ensure you replace the broken pieces inside your filter before adding the new sand.
Finally, remember to get a new standpipe and new laterals just before you begin this process. Because it’s always a good idea to keep some few of those parts handy just in case you need to make such repair again.